Tijeras, NM – An armed man was arrested for beating his girlfriend and threatening to kill her after an Amazon Echo smart home device called 911.
Eduardo Barros, 28, got into an argument his girlfriend on July 2 which became physical, according to the New York Post.
During the incident, Barros questioned a text message his girlfriend received and accused her of cheating, the New York Post reported.
Barros waved a gun and threatened to kill his girlfriend and asked, “Did you call the sheriffs?”
The virtual assistant Alexa picked up the comment and its voice-powered virtual assistant called 911, according to Bernallillo County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Felicity Romero.
The Alexa virtual assistant was connected to a landline in the home, according to the New York Post.
“Barros told her she was not going anywhere and he was going to kill her,” according to a police report obtained by the New York Post. “When 911 called her phone, Barros saw the caller ID and threw [her] to the floor. Barros then kicked her while on the ground at least 10 times in the face and stomach. Barros told [the victim] he could not believe the cops had been called and he was not going back to prison and that she knew he was a felon. [The victim] stated she thought she was going to be killed or shot.”
The deputies were able to get the woman and her daughter out of the home. The woman had minor injuries and the daughter was not harmed, according to police.
Barros, who is a convicted felon, was taken into custody but only after a SWAT team was called in, the New York Post reported.
Barros was ordered held without bail and faces charges of possession of a firearm, aggravated battery, and false imprisonment.
“The unexpected use of this new technology to contact emergency services has possibly helped save a life,” Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III said, according to ABC News. “This amazing technology definitely helped save a mother and her child from a very violent situation.”